- 12 April 2014
Braselton, GA - Fifteen Atlantic cars took the track for this morning’s qualifying session for the opening round of the 2014 Atlantic Championship Series season at Road Atlanta, with two drivers under the previous track qualifying record. Daniel Burkett, driving for K-Hill Motorsports, set a new track record of 1:17.0 securing pole position for the Atlantic race of the weekend. Jimmy Simpson of Atlantic Creations was also under the previous record and will start beside Burkett on the front row.
The fastest driver from Friday’s practice session, Ethan Ringel of COMPREP, will be starting third on gird this afternoon. Keith Grant, driving for Polestar Motor Racing, who also had a time in the 1:17’s, will be starting fourth for race one, and Conner Kearby of K-Hill Motorsports rounds out the top five.
Of the top five drivers, Canadian Burkett joins Ringel, Kearby and Simpson, Americans, making four out of the top five young, career-minded drivers.
Matt Miller, Gaston Kearby, Bruce Hamilton, Richard Zober, and Michael Mallinen will round out the top 10 for the Saturday race at Road Atlanta.
Times for the Atlantic cars were quicker than Friday’s practice session, but still quite close together, showing tight competition for the first race of the season.
Race one of the 2014 season, and the first of two this weekend at Road Atlanta follows at 5:15pm local time (Eastern).
|Pos||No.||Name||In Lap||Best Tm||Make/Model||Diff|
|1||4||Daniel Burkett||8||1:17.078||Swift 016 Mazda||-|
|2||21||Jimmy Simpson||5||1:17.594||Swift 016 Mazda||+0.516|
|3||49||Ethan Ringel||12||1:17.787||Swift 016A Mazda||+0.709|
|4||40||Keith Grant||7||1:17.865||Swift 016 Mazda||+0.787|
|5||56||Conner Kearby||7||1:18.228||Swift 016 Mazda||+1.150|
|6||82||Matt Miller||12||1:18.412||Swift 016.A Mazda||+1.334|
|7||69||Gaston Kearby||5||1:18.996||Swift 016 Mazda||+1.918|
|8||06||Bruce Hamilton||11||1:19.177||Swift 014||+2.099|
|9||66||Richard Zober||6||1:19.411||Swift 016 Mazda||+2.333|
|10||71||Michael Mallinen||7||1:19.994||Swift 016.A Mazda||+2.916|
|11||22||Tyler Hunter||12||1:20.278||Swift 014||+3.200|
|12||17||Bob Corliss||14||1:20.341||Swift 014A||+3.263|
|13||5||Bruce Crockett||13||1:20.488||Swift 014||+3.410|
|14||11||Dwight Rider||3||1:20.786||Ralt Rt-41||+3.708|
|15||09||J.R. Smart||3||1:24.880||Swift 014A||+7.802|